Steve was born and raised in Highland Park, IL, and his family spent part of every summer in Wisconsin where, in the early 1840s, his father's side of the family arrived from Alsace, France. They were one of the first Jewish pioneer families in Wisconsin. When Steve and his wife are not in Venice or traveling, they live on a small lake near Slinger, WI which is 45 miles northwest of Milwaukee. Steve graduated from Hiram College, in Ohio, with his BA in Social Science. Over the years he also earned his MA in Education and MA in Clinical Psychology. Through the years Steve trained in community organizing and worked on several political campaigns. He also did executive searching and was a headhunter placing healthcare executives. Finally, he owned a business that provided lectures and discussion group leaders for retirement communities and senior centers in the Chicago area. Steve and his wife, Jan, have three adult children. They retired in 2018 and will be spending six to eight months in Venice with their standard poodle, Chloe. While in Florida they enjoy local performing arts. Steve is an avid bike rider and loves being outdoors. Becoming a kayaker is a top priority while in Venice. In addition,Steve is an active member of the Venice Area Audubon Society. He enjoys practicing Tai Chi and looks forward to joining our JCV class in the fall. We welcome the Simons to our area and look forward to schmoozing at many upcoming JCV events.